280 To Horace Mann
Now he'll command, and now obey, Bellows for liberty to-day,
And roars for pow'r to-morrow.
At noon the Tories had him tight,
"With staunchest Whigs he supp'd at night,
Each party tried to have won him; But he himself did so divide, Shuffl'd and cut from side to side,
That now both parties shun him.
See yon old, dull, important lord7, What at the long'd for money-board
Sits first, but does not lead: His younger brethren all things make ; So that the Treasury's like a snake,
And the tail moves the head8.
Why did you cross God's good intent ? He made you for a President;
Back to that station go: Nor longer act this farce of power, We know you miss'd the thing before11,
And have not got it now.
See valiant Cobham, valorous Stair, Britain's two thunderbolts of war,
Now strike my ravish'd eye: But, oh! their strength and spirits flown, They, like their conquering swords, are grown
E,usty with lying by.
7 Lord Wilmington. Walpole.
8 Sandys, Rushout, and G-ybbon, used to outvote Lord Wilmington and Compton for the disposal of places. Walpole.
9 At the beginning of King Ge< reign Lord Wilmington was des: for first minister, but was suppli by Sir B. W. almost as soon s signed. Walpole.